Students learn first-hand elementary, middle school, or high school career expectations and experiences through the Teacher Academy. They acquire extensive field experience through tutoring, field trips, and classroom observations. There is also time set aside for internships with master teachers and guest speakers who are experts in the field of education. This program provides an excellent foundation and transition to the teacher education programs of four-year liberal arts institutions.
This course is a two-period (5th and 6th) blocked class that involves:
- Designing learning projects
- CPR Certification
- Para Pro Certification
- Guest speakers and school tours
- Job shadowing and internship
- College visits
- Professional portfolio
- Recommended 2.5 GPA
• 1.0 English Credit (English 12)
• 1.0 CTE Credit
The Teacher Academy is a two-period (5th and 6th) course that provides hands-on opportunities to develop and practice skills essential for successful teaching. Classroom learning will focus on team building, understanding the learner, planning instruction, best practices in teaching and assessment strategies, and the importance of continuous professional development. Students will understand the how culture, equity, and opportunity are key to building a healthy learning community. English 12 standards will be met through the infusion of relevant texts, research, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing in projects associated with course standards and objectives. Students will spend at least 30 hours in job-shadowing experiences that extend across K – 12 grade levels and across curriculum content areas.
Following these experiences, students participate in two internships (120 hours) during the school day based on their content interest and age group. In the internships, students will work side by side with master teachers in the classroom. In addition, Teacher Academy students will learn about diverse educational topics such as special education, drop out prevention, technology, family and community services, the importance of extra-curricular opportunities, as well as legal issues in education. Students will participate in training that can lead to CPR, First Aid, and Para Pro Certification. The Teacher Academy is partnering with area colleges to receive college credit.
For more information or to register contact your school counselor.